A day of small triumphs
Thursday 25th September 2008
Paul and Jeff saw a great northern diver, Anne Fenwick saw a guillemot, Julia saw a seal, Bernard saw red admirals, and we all saw the enormous swoop of great black-backed gulls. Lerryn WI and guests were lucky enough to be on the last crossing of the season from Looe to the nature reserve of Looe Island, the burial place of one of the two sisters who bought the island in the 60s for £20,000 and lived there in fairly challenging conditions until their deaths. We were shown the original buildings - not in a glossed-up museum presentation, but kept as they were, giving us a vivid picture of hard and busy lives. It was a beautiful day and we picnicked together on the grass before a slightly damp and choppy return to the mainland. Many thanks to Lin for administering the trip and driving the bus, and also to the two Cornish Wildlife Trust wardens. Their enthusiastic introduction to the island and the house showed their own respect for and commitment to a very lovely place.
See the website's Gallery pages for more pictures of the event.